WALKING THE TALK
Sitting in a corner pew, Daniel was listening intently to the Pastor. He and Tanya his wife arrived newly in the town. This was their first Sunday in town. Robert their old friend was a member of this church and they were worshipping with him in this church.
At the tea fellowship, Daniel said, “ That was an excellent sermon Rob. I enjoyed listening to your Pastor. You are fortunate to have him minister to you all!”
“ Yes indeed Robert, he spoke very well!” said Tanya.
Robert smiled silently as he passed a plate of biscuits to them.
“ Wait and see, Dan. It is sometimes very easy for us to talk. And talk very well too. But it is the walk that matters. Do they walk what they talk?”
“ You must be knowing all about him Rob. What you shared reminds me of a passage in which the Lord Jesus asks the people to follow what the leaders say and not what they do. If I am not mistaken it is in Mathew 23:2.” Said Daniel.
Tanya opened her Bible and read the verse to them. “…You must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practise what they preach.”
“Dan, you have hit the nail on its head!” exclaimed Robert. “ We’ve been having this man as our Pastor for over three years now. A few months ago I dared to ask him, ‘Pastor, you preach so well. Why don’t you practise what you preach?’ Do you know what he replied?”
“What did he say?” asked both Tanya and Daniel together. Robert replied, “He said, ‘ It is for me to preach and for you to practise!’”
“Really!” said Daniel, “ I find it hard to believe”
Months passed. One Sunday morning there was a guest speaker at Church. He was an old Pastor who spoke simply and to the point. Though his message was brief, it had a special appeal to the worshippers.
After service, Daniel went to the Preacher to greet him. “Preacher, I noticed that you spoke sincerely out of your heart. It seemed to me that you spoke about what you personally knew and experienced. We were blessed in listening to you.”
The old Preacher smiled. “I do not preach to impress people my friend. I only express what the Lord is doing in my life. As you said, my walk with the Lord impels me to talk about it. And my prayer is that all of you are impelled too to take that walk with the Lord.”
Tanya, and Robert too joined in the conversation. “Pray for us Pastor as we want to do just that: walk our talk in the Lord.” They pleaded.
“With pleasure” said the Preacher as he huddled them together and prayed, “Dear Heavenly Father, I want to commit these children of yours into your hands. They want to be like you. Doing good deeds is the purpose for which you saved us by your grace. Let your Holy Spirit empower these thy children to be doers of your word and not mere hearers Lord. Help them to walk in your way all the way through their lives. I commit them to you O Lord! I ask all this in the Name of the Greatest Doer, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22. (NIV)
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